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Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to  protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the watersheds of the Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

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 Spring is Here! Let’s get busy! 

Don’t a few warm days change your whole perspective? We did a lot of outdoor work in March, but it felt much better when the temperatures rose. Planting was the focus in March and we did a lot, see details below. April will be more about getting others out to enjoy all our natural treasures. Wildflowers are beginning to bloom and we have couple of opportunities to do wildflower walks with experts who can fill in the gaps in your knowledge. There are some volunteer opportunities as well so look for ways that you can help your organization. 



Staff Member Angela with a turtle in Centennial ParkStaff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park. 


"GreenHearts" Sought

OWCA is going to begin honoring an individual in the community each month who is making a contribution to protect and enhance our environment. To make a nomination, contact Angela Damron at 931-210-3605. 

Highlights From March
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State Park Project Nears Completion


 March was all about planting. Our dedicated crew planted over 4,500 plants, including including 200 trees, 3,225 shrubs and 750 plugs (primarily native grasses and one shrub). We removed another large hemlock that fell in February across Byrds Creek. There is a little seeding of the revetments to complete along with some repair work on our rock structures where someone came and disassembled it partially to try to make stepping stones across the river. The project will then be complete. The winter rains have moved a lot of sediment off the stream bed and into the revetments and everything is looking very good. Thanks to Scott Collie, Jennifer Howard, Dawn Prystash and Christina Burgess for their hard work, and to Shaun Hedgecoth for his volunteer time. 

                       



March Through the Rearview

 

 Stream Assessment Project 

Completes Field Assessment 

  

    

 As March ended, the field assessment teams completed their work on Potters Creek, Rocky Branch, and Procter Creek. The information is now being put into the City of Crossville computer system so that it can be easily mapped. The write up of the Lower Daddy’s Creek work is almost complete and the reports for Meadow Creek and Copeland Creek will follow and then Potters Creek, Rocky Branch, and Procter Creek. As this field collection phase has ended we want to say a special thanks to Billy Hensley and Annell Fields for heading the teams and all the volunteers and workers who were involved at different times with 

the project: Angela Damron, Matthew Harris, Darren Parks, Dana Young, Pete Peterson, Bill Morgan, Ken Czajka, Barbara Rosensteel, Tony Gustin, Michael Durnwald, Ian Jasitt, Jean Cheely, Sam Francis, Mark Richie, Cody McPeake, and Cody Deason. 

 

Little Obed and CoLynx Planted

As noted in the March newsletter, we started the month with a planting day at CoLinx where we planted native trees after we had removed the invasives from the area. Our crew returned on three other days in March along with volunteers Shaun and Rachell Hedgecoth to remove additional invasives and to add native shrubs along the Little Obed River as it leaves the wetland on that site. We also spent a day over-planting additional native plants on the section of the Little Obed upstream from the 127N bridge where we had done the project in 2012 and planted last spring. Things are looking really good there. Adding additional plants increases the rate of growth that will hold the banks in place. Thanks to Lois Braun for coming out to help with this. 



Frogs and Toads Get Well



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  • Posted Sep 4, 2013, 10:10 AM by Angela Damron
  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - March 2013!

                                                        

    April Activities


    Wildflower Walk at Black Mountain
    April 9th
    11:00 am Black Mountain parking lot

    On Wednesday, April 9, we'll join State Naturalist Lisa Huff for a wildflower hike on the Black Mountain Loop trail. We'll meet at Common Ground (405 W 4th Street) at 10:15 to carpool and join Lisa at 11 at the Black Mtn. parking lot. If you'd prefer not to carpool, just meet us at 11 at the parking lot on the mountain. 

    Wildflowers should be popping out all over and the weather should be warming, so bring a sweater, your camera and/or wildflower book and water…a 

    snack is up to you. Questions? Contact June at 788-5022 or pgwhstl@gmail.com. 



    OWCA Board Meeting
    April 10 
    5:30 Common Ground

       The regular board Meeting for April will be on April 10th at Common Ground, 405 W 4th St. Board Meetings are open to all members. If you would like to learn more or become more involved in your organization, come participate in the discussions. We’ll be reviewing the status of existing projects and planning for new ones, including Waterfest. Food is served. 


     "TAKE-A-HIKE"with Sierra Club 
    April 19
    10am Black Mountain parking lot 

    4:00 p.m.Tuesday, March 18,  Common Ground 

        On Saturday, April 19 the Sierra Club is sponsoring a hike on part of the Cumberland Trail that starts with the Black Mountain Loop and then descends along the CT to the Windless Cave and ends on Rte 68 at the Brady Mountain trail head. This hike is part of their "Take-A-Hike" program for beginning hikers. The hike is rated easy to moderate and is about 5 miles. There will be shuttles at the end to take us back to the parking lot. Please join us at the Black Mountain parking lot at 10 am. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and a sack lunch. Please call June to pre-register at 788-5022 or pgwhstl@gmail.com. 


    Trail Building to Begin at Meadow Park Lake 

    April 19

    Friends of Crossville Trails, a group of volunteer trail builders is partnering with the City of Crossville to build a woodland trail at the beautiful 

    Meadow Park Lake to provide more lakeshore access to fishermen and to provide a scenic route by the lake for walkers and hikers. There is more information available on their web page and on Facebook. 






    Rain Barrel Art at CCHS

    The rain barrels are finished and are a sight to see. They will be put on display at City Hall shortly, so stop by next week and take a look and leave a bid. 


    OWCA at the Flower and Garden Show 

    April 25-27 

    Community Complex 


    We will have a booth at the annual Flower and Garden Show held April 25-27 at the Fairgrounds. If you're looking for a rain barrel or tote, advice on native plantings or what's happening with your streams or stormwater, please stop by and say hello. We will be selling the rainbarrels and totes and this will serve as our rainbarrel sales event for April. The Master Gardeners are having a regular program on the use of rain barrels as well. If you 

    would like to volunteer for a two hour slot at the OWCA booth, please let Dennis know at 484-9033. 

      

    OWCA Board           

               

         The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (president) Bill Morgan (vice-president), Stephen Collie (treasurer), Melissa Brown (secretary), Bruce Anderson, and Teresa Payne. 

    OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Manchester Tank, Stonehaus Winery, Silvara Stone, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, Crossville Friends Meeting, Veolia Water NA, Tennessee Heart, and Woodmen of the World.       
    OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 185 Hood Dr. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

    Amazon Shopping Link

     

    While holiday shopping is over, Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: 

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


    OWCA BOARD 

         The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (president) Bill Morgan (vice-president), Stephen Collie (treasurer), Melissa Brown (secretary), Bruce Anderson, and Teresa Payne. 

     OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Manchester Tank, Stonehaus Winery, Silvara Stone, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, Crossville Friends Meeting, Veolia Water NA, Tennessee Heart, and Woodmen of the World. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 185 Hood Dr. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.



    405 4th St

    185 Hood Dr


    Posted Apr 5, 2014, 9:46 PM by Angela Damron
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